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August 11, 2018 - Josh Richards Surges to Fifth-Place Finish in Ralph Latham Memorial
1Best Performance Motorsports and Josh Richards invaded Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) on Wednesday night, where they were kicking off four-straight nights of racing competition with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS).

With 54 entries on hand Josh earned the fifth-starting spot for his heat race before passing a pair of cars to finish third. His heat race performance locked him into the 18th-starting spot for the feature.

The 32nd annual Ralph Latham Memorial was originally slated for 50 laps, but due to weather in the area it was shortened to 25. Despite the reduced number of laps, Josh catapulted thirteen positions through the field on his way to a fifth-place finish behind Hudson O'Neal, Tyler Erb, Gregg Satterlee, and Bobby Pierce.

Thursday night's North/South Shootout found Richards claiming his second-straight, Top-5 finish. After qualifying third fastest in his group in time trials, Josh won his heat race from the pole to lock into the fifth-starting spot for the 50-lap feature. In the $10,000-to-win, main event Richards registered a fourth-place finish behind race winner, Tim McCreadie, Bobby Pierce, and Nick Hoffman.

Josh and the team took part in the 36th annual North/South 100 on Friday and Saturday. Double heat races with passing points were in effect on Friday night, and Josh wasn't able to accumulate enough points to lock into the feature. In B-Main action on Saturday, Richards again fell just short of locking into the feature, and as a result he utilized a LOLMDS provisional to start the 100-lap, $50,000-to-win finale in the 24th position.

During the main event at the 1/2-mile oval, Josh clawed his way forward to a 14th-place finish in the main event.

For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

July 21, 2018 - Josh Richards Battles to LOLMDS Runner-Up Finish at Brown County Speedway
1Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competition took Best Performance Motorsports and Josh Richards north to Brown County Speedway (Aberdeen, South Dakota) on Tuesday night for a $10,000-to-win event.

After finishing second in his heat race, Richards earned the seventh-starting spot for the 50-lap finale. He patiently worked his way forward through the field throughout the feature before making a late-race charge to a runner-up finish behind Earl Pearson Jr. Bobby Pierce, Ricky Weiss and Don O'Neal completed the Top-5 finishers.

On Wednesday evening Josh entered his first-ever event at the state-of-the-art Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, Minnesota). With 24 entries on hand for the $10,000-to-win event, Josh won his heat race to earn the outside-front-row starting spot for the Sturdevant's Auto Parts 50.

He raced in the Top-5 throughout the feature before crossing the finish line in the third position behind Scott Bloomquist and Jonathan Davenport.

"They have done a tremendous job here with this facility. The track raced great," Richards commented after his second-straight podium finish. "The bottom was dominant for a while then the top came into it. On one of the restarts my carburetor stumbled there a little bit. We had a good hot-rod tonight. I was watching the water temperature close there at the end. I don't know if Scott slowed up at the end, but me and Davenport really closed in on him. This is a beautiful place. I hope we get to come here more often."

1On Thursday night the actin shifted to Nebraska's I-80 Speedway, where a promising start to the night for Richards quickly went sour. After setting fast time in his qualifying group, Josh was leading his heat race, when he suffered a mechanical failure. The team scrambled to a back-up car, and Richards charged from the tail of the field to win his B-Main, which positioned him 18th on the starting grid for the feature.

Josh clawed his way to a ninth-place finish in the 50-lap, $10,000-to-win finale.

On Friday night double heat races were held as preliminary action for the $53,000-to-win, 8th annual Imperial Tile Silver Dollar Nationals was contested. Bad luck found Richards in the first round of heats, when he was collected in an early-race melee, which caused damage to his entry. He was able to continue, but with a wounded car was only able to manage a seventh-place finish. In the second round of heats he advanced from the fifth-starting spot to a fourth-place finish.

With the Top-18 in passing points locking into Saturday's feature, Josh fell short of the mark in the 25th position. As a result he was forced to run a B-Main. Richards' luck wouldn't improve any in the B-Main as he was collected in an early-race caution while running third. The car received heavy damage and the team thrashed to get ready for the feature.

After starting 27th on the grid Josh battled an ill-handling car throughout the event before ultimately retiring to a 19th-place finish in the late stages of the 80-lap affair.

Josh is third in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

July 14, 2018 - Josh Richards Thunders Through Illinois and Missouri
1Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competition found the Best Performance Motorsports team invading Illinois and Missouri over the weekend.

Friday's action brought Josh Richards and the team to the Gundaker family-owned Tri City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, Illinois) for the $10,000-to-win, Napa Know How 50. Richards hit the ground running by registering the fastest lap in time trials, and he backed it up with a heat race win.

Via his preliminary action efforts, Josh locked into the pole position for the 50-lap finale. Unfortunately he woudn't be able to capitalize on his starting position as he battled the handle on his No. 1 entry to a sixth-place finish.

On Saturday night the team traveled to Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, Missouri) to do battle in the annual CMH Diamond Nationals. A slow start to the night found Josh winning a B-Main to earn the 18th-starting position for the 50-lap finale. He would go on to claw his way to a 13th-place finish in the $10,000-to-win affair.

Josh is currently tied for second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

July 7, 2018 - Josh Richards Claims Podium Finish in LOLMDS Action at Cherokee
1While rain claimed Thursday and Saturday's scheduled Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) events at Fayetteville Motor Speedway (Fayetteville, North Carolina) and Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tennessee), Best Performance Motorsports was able to squeeze in an event at South Carolina's Cherokee Speedway on Friday night.

With 30 entries on hand, Josh hit the ground running by setting fast time overall with a 15.061-second lap around the 1/2-mile oval. He backed it up by winning his heat race, which positioned him on the pole position for the feature.

As the main event went green, outside-front-row starter Hudson O'Neal surged to the lead with Richards in tow. Lap 2 found Richards surging to the lead, and he held the top spot on lap 31, when Scott Bloomquist slipped past. Josh would battle Brand Overton for the runner-up spot before ultimately settling into a third-place finish.

Congratulations to Scott (Bloomquist) on the win.," Richards said. "We had a real good race car. We are running more consistent now. Hudson was good early and then we got the lead. I tried to hold them off for as long a possible. Those cautions kind of hurt me a little because we had some good momentum built up"

Josh is second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

July 3, 2018 - Josh Richards Records Runner-Up Finish at Portsmouth Raceway Park
1Best Performance Motorsports kicked off a busy week of racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Saturday night at Portsmouth Raceway Park (Portsmouth, Ohio).

Thirty-eight entries entered the $12,000-to-win affair, and Josh Richards won his heat race to lock into the third-starting spot for the 50-lap finale. He raced in the Top-5 throughout the event before advancing to a runner-up finish in the closing stages behind race winner Jason Jameson. Scott Bloomquist, Rod Conley, and Tim McCreadie completed the Top-5 finishers.

“It was a pretty crazy start there. Scott [Bloomquist] started off good and then we got it going up top. He [Jameson] did a great job tonight. Thanks to the fans for coming out and enduring this night. They saw a great show," Richards commented.

Sunday night found Best Performance Motorsports pitted at Mansfield Motor Speedway (Mansfield, Ohio), where the $12,000-to-win Freedom 50 was being contested. A fourth-place finish in his heat race positioned Josh 15th on the starting gird for the 50-lap finale. He clawed his way forward five spots to record a 10th-place finish.

1Action continued on Monday night with a trip to Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio), where the Steel Valley 50 posted a $12,000 top prize. Josh raced to a runner-up finish in his heat race to earn the fifth-starting spot for the evening's 50-lap feature. He raced in the Top-5 throughout the feature before notching a third-place finish behind Don O'Neal and Mason Zeigler.

"The race was pretty good for the most part," Richards commented after the feature. "We just have to get a little better. Don (O'Neal) has been great. Those guys over there have done a great job the last few nights. They have got something figured out. We're getting better and better. We just have to keep digging and we'll be back in Victory Lane. "

Jonathan Davenport and Darrell Lanigan completed the Top-5 finishers.

Josh wrapped up the busy weekend on Tuesday night with a trip to Muskingum County Speedway (Zanesville, Ohio), where another $12,000-to-win event was being contested. The night started with Richards setting fast time overall with a 15.439 second lap around the clay oval to earn the pole starting position for the first heat race.

After winning his heat race he earned the pole position for the McHugh Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat 50. Richards battled Satterlee for the lead in the early laps before ultimately slipping to a fourth-place finish behind Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan and Jonathan Davenport.

With his weekend performances Josh moved back into the runner-up spot in the series points.

For full results from the events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

June 16, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Tackles Clash at the Mag
1The team resumed action with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) over the weekend with a trip south to Johnny Stokes' Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, Mississippi) for the annual Clash at The Mag.

Preliminary action for the $20,000-to-win event was contested on Friday night, and Richards rocketed to a convincing heat race win to lock into the pole position for Saturday's 100-lap finale.

As the race went green Josh assumed the second position behind Jimmy Owens. He would slip back to as far as fourth before charging to the lead on lap 27. He led the field until lap 84, when Tim McCreadie slipped past. Richards regained the lead one circuit later, and the pair swapped the top spot a few times before Richards retook control on lap 88, but not before the pair made slight contact.

It looked like Josh might be on his way to his third win of the year, but Hudson O'Neal would slip past on lap 94 to take the top spot. One lap later Bobby Pierce jumped to second, which pushed Richards back to third. That's where the West Virginia racer would finish with a rear tire that went flat as he crossed the finish line. Scott Bloomquist and Tim McCreadie rounded out the Top-5 finishers.

"When Timmy [McCreadie] got into me a little bit I think it cut my tire. I was hanging on and here comes Hudson on the bottom. I am happy for him to get the win. He's a good kid," said the driver of the Best Performance Motorsports, Colt Firearms, Rocket.

Josh is currently third in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

June 8, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Enters Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora
1Best Performance Motorsports enjoyed the rare opportunity to compete in their home state over the weekend as they took part in the Dirt Late Model Dream XXIV at Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio).

Rain delayed the start of the event to Friday afternoon as 78 entries entered the opening round. Josh qualified 10th, which positioned him starting third in his heat race.

After finishing second in his heat race Richards started in the outside-front-row starting spot for the 25-lap, $5,000-to-win feature. Josh battled in the Top 5 throughout the preliminary feature before crossing the finish line in third behind Jonathan Davenport and Don O'Neal. Shannon Babb and Hudson O'Neal completed the Top-5 finishers.

On Friday night a $10,000 top prize was on the line, and Josh raced to a runner-up spot in his heat race, which locked him into the eighth-starting position for the feature. Unfortunately after experiencing fan and radiator issues late in the heat race, the team decided to make a single lap in the feature to ensure there was no damage to the engine.

After changing engines earlier in the day, Saturday night's finale found Josh starting his night by winning his heat race to lock into the sixth-starting spot for the 100-lap finale. During the race's first half he would advance to just outside the Top 10. Late in the race the handle began to go away on Richards No. 1 Best Performance Motorsports entry, and he made the decision to retire. He was credited with a 17th-place finish.

Full results from the weekend are available at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

May 20, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Travels to Wisconsin and Minnesota
1After a one-week break Best Performance Motorsports resumed their 2018 season over the weekend as they traveled to Wisconsin and Minnesota with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS).

Action kicked off on Thursday night as the tour thundered into Maribel, Wisconsin's 141 Speedway for the first time ever. After qualifying eighth fastest in time trials, Josh Richards advanced from the third starting position in his heat race to a runner-up finish.

His heat-race performance locked him into the fifth-starting spot for the 50-lap feature. During the first half of the race Josh clawed his way forward in the field, and by the midway point he was up to the third position and battling for the lead. Unfortunately, the top side of the track faded late in the event, causing Richards to slip back to a seventh-place finish.

On Saturday evening the team invaded the Queensland family's Deer Creek Speedway (Spring Valley, Minnesota). Thirty entries took part in the NAPA North Star Nationals at the 3/8-mile oval. Josh would battle the handle in the main event and was able to manage only a 15th-place finish in the final rundown.

Sunday night's event at I-80 Speedway (Greenwood, Nebraska) fell victim to rain, and the event was rescheduled to July 19.

Josh remains second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

May 5, 2018 - Mechanical Failure Sidelines Josh Richards at Tazewell
1At the very least Josh Richards looked to be on his way to a Top-5 finish with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Friday night at Tazewell Speedway. Unfortunately a mechanical issue on lap-18 brought his night to an abrupt end.

Josh started his night by qualifying fourth fastest in his group. He would follow up his qualifying performance with a heat-race win, which positioned him on the pole for the 50-lap finale.

During the early laps he ran in the third position, but on lap 18 the J-bar came lose, which broke the driveshaft. The mechanical issue ended his night in the 21st position.

Saturday night's event at Florence Speedway (Union, Kentucky) was postponed by persistent rain.

Josh remains second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

April 28, 2018 - Josh Richards Competes in Illinois with LOLMDS
1Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) competition took Josh Richards and Best Performance Motorsports to Illinois over the weekend for a doubleheader.

The Gundaker family-owned, Tri City Speedway hosted the Busch 50 on Friday evening as a $12,000 top prize was posted. After finishing fourth in his heat race Richards locked into the 13th-starting spot for the 50-lap finale. Josh raced around mid-pack throughout the event before crossing the finish line in 13th.

Saturday night found the team tackling the ultra-tight confines of the "Mighty" Macon Speedway (Macon, Illinois). With 25 entries on hand Josh started the night with the fastest time around the 1/5-mile oval in qualifications with a 10.426-second lap.

In his heat race Richards battled with Babb before finishing second to earn the fourth-starting spot for the 100-lap feature. Josh ran in the Top-5 throughout the feature before crossing the line in fifth behind Bobby Pierce, Ryan Unzicker, Shannon Babb and Jonathan Davenport.

Josh is second in the latest LOLMDS points. For full results from the weekend as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

April 23, 2018 - Josh Richards Bounces Back for Runner-Up Finish at Port Royal
It was an up-and-down weekend of competition with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) for Josh Richards and the Best Performance Motorsports team.

After seeing Friday's slate at Sharon Speedway (Hartford, Ohio) canceled by poor weather, the weekend opened on Saturday night at the legendary Hagerstown Speedway (Hagerstown, Maryland) with the $12,000-to-win, 37th annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic.

Struggles in preliminary action forced Richards to utilize a provisional to start the main event in the 23rd position. He would fight tooth-and-nail in the feature to surge to a 12th-place finish at the checkered flag.

On Sunday evening the team trekked to the sprawling confines of Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pennsylvania) for the $10,000-to-win, Rumble by the River. Forty-three drivers took to the 1/2-mile oval, and a heat race win sent Josh to the 50-lap finale with the third-starting spot.

Richards raced in a podium position throughout the event and made a bid for the lead on a green-white-checkered finish before coming up just short of the win as he finished second behind Scott Bloomquist. Earl Pearson Jr., Tim McCreadie, and Darrell Lanigan rounded out the Top-5 finishers.

"We had a great car tonight; those restarts weren't very good for us, but we recovered and gave the Best Performance Team a good finish tonight," Richards said following his runner-up performance at Port Royal Speedway. "Last night at Hagerstown we had a rough night. We worked on some things today. If it could have gone caution free it might have been a different story. This place is so fun to drive on. Thanks to all the fans for coming out tonight. I wish we could race here tomorrow."

With the weekend's action in the books, Josh continues to sit second in the latest series standings. For full results from the events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

April 13, 2018 - Josh Richards Races to Top-10 Finish at Atomic; Brownstown Falls to Rain
1After losing the previous weekend's event to Mother Nature, Josh Richards was back in competition with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) on Friday night at Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, Ohio). (Heath Lawson photo)

With 30 entries on hand, Josh earned the fifth-starting spot for his heat race via qualifying. A fourth-place finish in his heat race moved Richards onto the main event in the 14th-starting spot in his Best Performance Motorsports #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

During the course of the 50-lap affair at the 3/8-mile oval Richard climbed seven spots to register a seventh-place finish.

Saturday night's event at Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana) fell victim to rain.

Josh continues to reside second in the latest LOLMDS standings, just 15 points out of the lead. For full results from the events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

March 24, 2018 - Josh Richards Battles Weekend Adversity with LOLMDS
1Josh Richards returned to action with the Lucas OIl Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) over the weekend with a pair of events in Georgia and Alabama.

Action kicked off on Friday night at Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) for the pilot of the Best Performance Motorsports #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model. Forty-five entries registered for action in the $12,000-to-win event. Struggles in qualifying resulted in Richards starting seventh on the grid for this heat race. He advanced to a fifth place finish, which left him one spot short of locking into the feature.

As a result Josh ran the B-main, which he won, to earn the 18th-starting spot for the 50-lap finale. He would go on to advance to position to a 17th-place finish.

On Saturday evening the team invaded East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama) as another $12,000 top prize was on the line. With 36 entries in action, the night started on a strong note for Richards as he set fast time overall with a 14.373-second lap around the 4/10-mile oval. Heat race action found Josh finished second, which locked him into the fifth-starting spot for the 50-lap finale.

In the main event, Josh raced in the Top-10 throughout the event before crossing the finish line in the ninth position.

Josh is now second in the latest LOLMDS standings, just five points out of the lead. For full results from the events as well as the latest series standings, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

March 15, 2018 - LOLMDS Weekend Postponed by Weather
1This weekend's Lucas OIl Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) events at Atomic Speedway and Brownstown Speedway have been postponed due to forecasted cold weather. The weekend will now be held April 13-14.

Best Performance Motorsports returns to action with a swing through the South with LOLMDS on March 22-24. Action kicks off at Volunteer Speedway on Thursday before moving to Boyd's Speedway (Ringgold, Georgia) on Friday. The tripleheader draws to a close on Saturday at East Alabama Motor Speedway (Phenix City, Alabama).

For more information on the events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

March 8, 2018 - Best Performance Motorsports Launches New Website
1St. Mary, Ohio's Best Performance Motorsports is the latest addition to the MSR Mafia and a brand-new website has been launched for the team at www.BestPerformanceMotorsports.com.

Josh Richards pilots the team's Bulk Material Lift #1 XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Durham Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Not only did the West Virginia driver claim the 2017 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series (LOLMDS) Championship, but he is also the only four-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series Champion.

The team is off to a fast start in 2018. Richards has already grabbed a pair of wins to go along with several top ten runs.

Best Performance Motorsports returns to action on March 16-17 with a pair of $12,000-to-win LOLMDS events at Atomic Speedway (Alma, Ohio) and Brownstown Speedway (Brownstown, Indiana). For more information on the events, please visit www.LucasDirt.com.

February 3, 2018 - Josh Richards Wins Again in LOLMDS Action
1Defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Josh Richards overcame several obstacles to win Saturday night’s RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire final at Golden Isles Speedway.

Richards had to resort to a back-up car, after issues arose with his main car during an earlier heat race. Richards then had the power steering fail on the back-up car as he tried to start the B-Main. The Best Performance Motorsports team ten fixed the issue, barely making the call to start the 60-lap main event, as Richards was the final car to enter the race track.

Richards had to take a series provisional and was scheduled to start 23rd on the grid, but due to his lateness while the crew worked on his car, he was relegated to the 26th and final starting position. Richards charged through the field and despite a lap 46 pass from Tyler Erb, went on to record his second win in-a-row to start the 2018 LOLMDS season. >>READ MORE


February 2, 2018 - Josh Richards Wins Exciting Season Opener
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The 2018 Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series season kicked off in grand fashion on Friday night of the RhinoAg Super Bowl of Racing – presented by General Tire. Defending series champion Josh Richards earned a hard-fought victory over 2017 Rookie-of-the Year, Hudson O’Neal.

Richards took the lead from Jonathan Davenport on lap five and then held off a furious late-race charge from the 15th-place starting O’Neal. O’Neal made what appeared to be a winning pass on Richards in turns three and four on the final lap, but Scott Bloomquist was sitting in the middle of turn four and brought out a caution, negating O’Neal’s pass for the lead.

In the end, Richards was able to hold off O’Neal to score his twenty-third career LOLMDS victory. The driver of the Best Performance Motorsports car took the first event of the season over O’Neal, Davenport, Jimmy Owens, and Brandon Sheppard. >>READ MORE